MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Meriden police got a call around 6:30 last night that there was a dead body in one of the apartments at 657 East Main Street.. Police found there was a body inside, and that body had been there for a while.
Local and state police surrounded the apartment building all night and all morning. They were there when resident Jay Hathaway came home from work.
“They didn’t tell me nothing,” Hathaway said. “They said it was okay to go in the building. That’s all I cared about. My son’s there. He’s one year old.”
Investigators were focused on a third floor apartment where they found the body of a 75 year-old man. People in the building say they were familiar with the man.
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“He’s a nice guy,” said resident Reynaldo Sierra. He wasn’t sure when he had last seen his neighbor, but indicated it had been a while.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner took the body away around 7:30 a.m. to determine cause of death, and confirm the identity. Police say it was decomposed enough that they think they man died at least a week ago. The initial reaction by police was to call in state investigators and call this a homicide investigation.
“You always want to err on the side of caution,” explained Meriden Police Department spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay. “You know, there’s nothing to say definitively, In don’t know right now, that this is definitely a murder scene, but you always treat it as such.”
One other clue that foul play could be involved is the fact that the victim’s car is missing.
“He parks his car over there in the front and his car is not there no more, so I don’t know,” neighbor Sierra said.
Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the missing blue, 2014, 4-door Nissan Sentra with Connecticut license plate 642-YVE.
Police say they believe they know the identity of the homicide victim, but are not releasing his identity to the public until his family is notified.